The J. Murrey Atkins Special Collections at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is dedicated to supporting the teaching, research, and public service missions of the university by acquiring, organizing, preserving, and making available to a wide audience rare and unique materials in certain defined categories.
Among those resources are many that relate to the topics discussed in HIST 3000 - History of Capitalism in the USA.
This guide is not intended to be a complete finding aid to the collections. It serves as a preliminary research tool, providing a brief description of holdings. More detailed descriptions of the sources listed below are available in Special Collections and through the Library's online catalog. The catalog contains bibliographic records for the majority of the manuscript collections held in Special Collections as well as books and other printed material available at UNC Charlotte. The catalog is accessible through the Internet at http://library.uncc.edu/search/advanced/. Finding aids for these sources are also available through the Special Collections website at http://specialcollectioons.uncc.edu. Please note that some collections may not yet have finding aids available and that this site is a work in progress.
Manuscript Collections consist primarily of unpublished documents such as literary manuscripts, letters, diaries, cartoons, photographs, architectural drawings, and organizational, church and governmental records. Also included are some printed materials, microforms, audio recordings, films and other items. Atkins Library's Manuscript Collections focus on materials related to the people and history of the greater Charlotte region, with particular attention to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.
While using manuscript collections, please help us preserve our materials by following a few rules:
1. Only use pencil when using Special Collections materials.
2. Use only one folder at a time.
3. Handle documents with care.
4. Keep the documents in the same order.
5. Do not place personal items on top of Special Collections materials.
New South Voices (http://nsv.uncc.edu) provides access to more than 700 transcripts of interviews, narratives, and conversations documenting life in the Charlotte, North Carolina region in the twentieth century, including the experiences and language of recent immigrants to the area. The interviews were conducted by UNC Charlotte faculty, students and staff as well as several community organizations. These interviews are part of the Oral History Collection of the Department of Special Collections at J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte.
The following is a list of manuscript collections that could be used for your class.
Arthur & Farrar Family Papers
Materials created & collected by James Harrison Arthur (1901-78), his wife Katherine Miller Arthur (1914-74), & his uncle Benjamin Franklin Arthur Jr. (1863-1944). Consists primarily of correspondence & subject files of James & Katherine, residents of Gaston County, N.C. Also includes daily expense records (1926-73); business correspondence (1925-74) related to James's work as a textile mill accountant in North Carolina & South Carolina; & papers (1877-1901) of Dr. James Park McComb relating primarily to his gold mining activities in Charlotte.
The Rare Book Collection contains rare and unique published works focused in American and British Literature, Children's Literature and regional history, as well as a broad range of other topics.
There are quite a number of books in the Rare Book Collection which could be used for this class. All of these can be found in the Library Catalog. A few of the books which highlight businesses and development in the Charlotte area are:
Charlotte city directory - all call numbers begin with F264 C4, but there is more than one, e.g. F264 C4 A17, F264 C4 C5194 1887 - The earliest are in Special Collections (through 1931), the 1932-1954 editions are in Local Documents, and the later years are on in Compact Shelving or on the Eighth floor. Charlotte city directories for 1875-1963 are also available at http://www.ncdigital.org.
History of Mecklenburg County: from 1740 to 1900 - F262 M4 A3
Charlotte, NC: the global evolution of a new South city - HC108 C33 C54 2010
Piedmont and Northern: the great electric system of the South - HE5425 N8 F48
Jones Construction: looking back, moving forward - HD9715 U54 J227 1989
Century of Progress: the Concord Telephone Company, 1897-1997 - HE8841 C6 H68 1997
Crown of the Queen City, the Charlotte Chamber from 1870 to 1999 - HF296 C34 C53 1999